I woke up today and took as shuttle van back to Unicoi Gap and got back on the trail. It felt great to get off pavement in the city.
We had a couple decent size climbs today. We climbed up into the sky and 45 mph winds and snow for a while. It was pretty seeing ice form on trees based on how the winds were blowing. Had to keep moving to try to stay warm. Thru Hiking clothing is a balance between gear weight and safety. Let’s just say all of us hikers were cold, but strong positive thoughts and spirits.
In the middle of nowhere, I came across Lion Heart. He was a trail angel giving out trail magic. He was giving out hot cocoa and various snacks. He lives in the area. It was amazing. Trail Angels are really nice people who just do nice things for hikers because they want to see the hikers succeed. Think along the lines of random acts of kindness. It was amazing. I thanked him a few times. He was freezing his butt off too, but there he was.
The snow ended and the skies cleared late in the day. The cold wind is still howling like an angry poltergist.
Made it to camp at Deep Gap Shelter after the 14 mile hike. Had a fire, while preparing dinner. Fire on nights like this goes beyond a luxury, but it is still a place where the hikers gather and talk.
I am greatful for my life, my family and friends. People on the trail of all ages and walks of life are so friendly and kind. If people don’t know you, they say hi and start a conversation. If trail life can be like this, I hope it can extend to other parts of life in civilization.